My husband and I have a game we like to play. It’s called, “How many times did we cross paths before we met?”
It goes something like this: I’ll be talking about how I used to waitress at a restaurant called Hot Wings on Melrose in the late ’80s and he’ll say, “I used to go to that restaurant all the time in the ’80s! I lived about 2 blocks away from there.”
It’s fun to imagine all the places we could have met when we roamed the same haunts during the years before we were officially introduced in 1993. For you 40-somethings who came of age in Los Angeles, here’s a partial list of some of the wonderful places that both my husband and I (and perhaps you, dear reader) frequented back in those heady post-punk days.
Scream, White Trash A-Go-Go, Power Tools, Al’s Bar, Club Lingerie, The Anti-Club, The Gaslight, and Park Plaza Hotel for music; Boardners, The Frolic Room, The Cat and Fiddle, Firefly (where they lit the bar on fire several times a night), The Dresden Room, and Tiki Ti for drinks; El Coyote for their rot-gut $1.99 margaritas and brown-on-a-plate Mexican food with cockroach garnish; In-N-Out Burger in Sylmar (the only one within a 30 mile radius of Hollywood), Du-par’s, and House of Pies for late-afternoon breakfast; Vinyl Fetish for perusing records and Rocket Video (may it rest in peace) for renting videos; Wacko, Aardvark’s, Retail Slut, and Flip on Melrose for shopping.
It warms my heart to know that several of these places are still open, although many have gone the way of the parachute pant. It’s fun to imagine that I may have caught my future husband’s eye while listening to Marty & Elayne in the 1980s Dresden Room.
Take a stroll down memory lane with me. If you spent the late ’80s/early ’90s haunting these very places, let me know and please add your favorites to the list! I’m sure there are so many more that didn’t make my list.
Tags: Aardvark's, Al’s Bar, Club Lingerie, Du-par’s, El Coyote, Firefly, Flip, forty, House of Pies, In-N-Out Burger, Marty & Elayne, Park Plaza Hotel. Boardners, Power Tools, Retail Slut, Rocket Video, Scream, The Anti-Club, The Cat and Fiddle, The Dresden Room, The Frolic Room, The Gaslight, Tiki Ti, Vinyl Fetish, Wacko, White Trash A-Go-Go